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08/15/2013 09:13 am ET

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain: 7 Fiction Authors Whose Careers Were Extended By Ghostwriters

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1. Robert Ludlum
Robert Ludlum is best known for his Bourne series, which were blockbuster books in their own rights before Matt Damon and Doug Liman turned them into cinematic hits, but Ludlum had a sprawling career writing spy novels before he died in 2001. But death was not the end of Ludlum’s career: With The Bourne Identity movie out in 2002, Ludlum’s books were thrown back into the limelight, and ghostwriters were called in to finish some of his lingering work, beginning with The Janson Directive and quickly followed by a slew of others. 

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